Marsch sends strong message to Leeds board after Bielsa admission

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Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has attempted to remind his critics of the poor position the club were in when he took the reigns and steered them to safety. The Elland Road outfit are winless in their last seven matches, with fears of relegation growing.

Leeds were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Leicester City in midweek, with Marsch then quickly heading straight down the tunnel and failing to acknowledge supporters – leading tempers to flare. ‘Marcelo Bielsa’ rung around the away end at the King Power Stadium that evening, leaving the manager questioning whether he had truly been accepted as his successor.

The American boss has insisted that he still feels he will lead Leeds to where they want to be and reminded the board and fans that he became manager in a much worse situation when Bielsa was at their helm. He said: “This is a brutal task, but last season there was far more tension and it was a much bigger task.

“However, what hurts right now is that we haven’t got a win for so long and that’s why we’ve got to stop the bleeding. In this business, wins solve everything and that’s the reality of it. When it comes to my relationship with Andrea, Angus and Victor – and the work that we’ve done together – we’re 100 per cent unified.

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“I have to do what I can to help the team continue to progress, grow and be the team that we believe they can become. But I think so many of our players are actually playing really well and having good seasons. We’re just not rewarding ourselves enough and that’s where we are. I have got to help them figure out how to do that and to stay strong, confident and have belief. That’s really important.”

The summer signings of Brendan Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra and Tyler Adams have all made an impact since joining the Premier League side, though they have not been able to solve Leeds’ long-term issue of failing to find the back of the net consistently.

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That was an issue under Bielsa too, with Patrick Bamford the only regular goalscorer under the Argentine. Asked whether he feels like he is still in the shadows of Bielsa, Marsch replied: “Yes, but that’s okay.

“He’s a club legend and he brought the club back to the Premier League. There is no issue there and I respect and appreciate that the fans have a lot for him.”

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